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Welcome to the website of the Interchurch Families International Network.

(Feature article can be found below.)
 
People come to this site to learn more about marriages across denominational lines, be it because they live, or have a family member or friend in, such a marriage; or to know what the churches are learning and saying about such marriages. More and more, people are coming here to discover the riches and joy to be found in sharing in each other's church traditions, and worshipping as much as possible together in each other's churches.

We who live such marriages are today gathering in groups and Associations in various countries. We lend support to each other, share information, and discuss how to live the often painful and confusing situations arising out of the divisions in the churches.  We seek  to grow in Christian unity, and become for our churches an ever-greater gift of healing of the scandal of disunity.

This site provides rich resources for this journey. Of these, the Journal, produced over a period of more than 10 years, and reflecting the experiences of interchurch families and the theology which undergirds their journey, must be counted among the most valuable.

The Interchurch Families International Discussion Group enables us to share joys and sorrows, to discuss ways of dealing with immediate issues which arise as a consequence of living our marital unity within churches which are divided.  Feel free to join.

Enjoy and, if you have comments or questions, please contact me, Ray Temmerman, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

   

INTERCHURCH FAMILIES AND CHRISTIAN UNITY: Rome 2003

11th International Conference
Newcastle, NSW, Australia
18-21 August 2005

Rev. Dr Chris Budden

The following represents issues and questions as I read the document:

• I appreciated the comment (C2) that dialogue will reveal our poor understanding of the other, and the polemical way we have often related (with tones of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation).

• Is conversation only possible where relationship and hospitality is more crucial than maintaining our position; and where we accept that genuine dialogue may change our identity, rather than bring another to our truth? That is, must we now face the challenge of moving beyond clarification of positions, to real change and agreement?

• (Page 1, B1): What is it that enables people to move churches (which people do more easily these days), and what leads people to hold their separate Christian identities when it is so hard to do? Is this issue really important in a post-modern world where loyalties are different, and people hold various positions in tension?

• Eucharistic sharing (D7): It is good that this possibility is becoming more common, and I would support the position of the families that their situation may be exceptional and they should always be allowed to share the eucharist together. It was helpful to see the RC position on their members attending the eucharist in their partner’s church.

• The list of practical engagements (C4) is helpful.

• How can this conference offer suggestions about the way interchurch families can contribute positively to our church communities (D2)?

• Given the way in which our churches deal with divorce and remarriage, is it possible to see a church like the UCA as offering care on behalf of both churches in a situation where there is little space to move, but there is an open pastoral heart? (D4)

• (D6): How are the partners the minister of marriage when the marriage is a sacrament?

• (D6): The statement on adult baptism still seems to give only grudging recognition to the fact that adult baptism is good. It still speaks of delaying the baptism of a child, rather than recognizing the many issues around the baptism of children.


Chris Budden
August 2005